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This generation is disconnected from its black history…

by Chris Scott

Black history isn’t just understanding the struggles and triumphs that came from the Civil Rights movement; it’s bigger than having an idea that maybe Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream may have been realized with the election of President Barack Obama (even though I think it is still far from its full realization).

Black history is not just recognizing that we were once slaves and we’ve come a long way since then. This disconnect comes from us as a race but especially in the current generation not understanding our heritage. You don’t have to have the most extensive knowledge about where you came from but understanding black heritage, black history could change the psychological aspects about how we as a race and how my generation approaches things in life.

It’s recognizing that you came from a place where we were wise beyond the outside world’s years. We were the architects of the great pyramid structures while excelling in oral rhetoric.

If this is to deep then we can bring it back to the disconnect in this generation with African American history; are history in this country alone is so much richer than just one man’s dream, a woman refusing to give up her seat on the bus, the fact that “Honest Abe” freed us, and that we get a month that society gave us to say “hey here some good things some of you did as a credit to your race that we appreciate.”

It’s about knowing the things that we aren’t always taught in school, like the true meaning of the strange fruit on the tree.

Overall black history, to me, is me knowing that I can be great beyond measure regardless if I’m a black man at a “disadvantage”. I know this because countless times my ancestors defied the notion of their incapacity to be excellent.

From the dynasty’s of Africa’s old, to Crispus Attucks, to Asa Philip Randolph inciting a new Deal with FDR… even without recognition I know that I am destined for greatness even in the face of scrutiny because that’s what the generations before me did.

Harlem Renaissance & Arts

The pursuit for equality and flexibility for African Americans has been combated on many fronts. But there is no question that in the location of the arts, the contribution of black America has actually been so profound that it has significantly eased racial tensions and altered the image of black society profoundly in the eyes of all Americans. Numerous have actually criticized the world of such black performers as Richard Prior, Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy however these artists in addition to artists in literature, painting, poetry, music and all the arts have actually brought an acceptance of black culture that has given a boost to the recognition of African Americans by everyone’s more than anything else ever could possibly do.

1920’s Harlem Renaissance

In the history of black society, the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s was a time when African American society truly was showcased for the nation, without a doubt the globe and people started to realize the rich legacy that was available to all individuals in black society. The Harlem Renaissance was more than just a higher exposure to black dance, songs, comedy or theater although the possibility for everyone’s to appreciate the skills of black artists was certainly rewarding in its own right.

The Harlem Renaissance likewise refers to the cultural and social motions of the time in which black pride was beginning to trigger huge transforms in the means African Americans thought about themselves and eventually how all Americans thought of black Americans. A lot of factors led to the explosion of black culture during that time frame especially in New York City.

With the migration of the African American population came the rich black music that had actually remained to grow and develop since the Civil War. But due to the fact that of the concentration of cultures in New York and the determination to experiment, to blend and to find brand-new cultures that was the norm in that thawing pot city, white America too began to find the jazz, blues, spirituals and gospel songs that began to evolve and incorporate into many secular musical designs of the time.

The age was in every method a renaissance just as much as the terrific cultural renaissance in Europe had actually been numerous years before it. In every category, black society blew up onto the national awareness. Lots of outstanding, noteworthy names that came to be family names for literature and the arts entered their own throughout the Harlem Renaissance consisting of Langston Hughes, Booker T. Washington, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton.

And to this day many of the mannerisms, the approach to design and speech that came to be known as “being cool” was in truth an effort, specifically by youth, to imitate black culture. And that blending and pleasure of black culture has actually done much to help integrate society and make social change and approval of each others societies by black and white a possibility today.